Mar 10 2020
Soil is the heart and soul of a prospering and vibrant garden, and Massachusetts landscaping companies should know how to properly analyze it and tailor your garden to your soil’s profile.
Sand, silt, clay, rock. Soil can be any balanced or unbalanced mixture of these components. Some soil is fertile and vibrant with worms wriggling around. Some gardens have sandy, dry soil, vulnerable to the wind. Chances are that you are no expert, and maybe the only thing you know for certain is that the fern you planted and were promised would grow is just, well, not growing. But not to worry! Massachusetts landscaping companies, with knowledge and experience, will be able to help.
What is soil made of?
As we mentioned before, soil is a mixture of sand, silt, clay, and rocks. From smallest to biggest: Clay has super small particles which can make soil more dense as it sticks together; Silt is sort of in between sand and clay; And sand has the biggest particle size and can make your soil loose and lose moisture easily. Cape Cod is notoriously sandy!
Fun home experiment:
One of our favorite pieces in the Cape Cod Times is an older piece that was like a tribute to the soil of Cape Cod. In the article, it gives the great tip on how to test the topsoil sold in stores, but you can also do this to see what your own soil composition is like.
Take a half cup of the soil with a half cup of water, mix and wait to see what floats to the top and what sinks to the bottom. The more that sinks to the bottom, the sandier your soil is.
Knowing the pH of your soil
Ultimately, every plant has its own ideal pH, but for a garden the ideal range is a pH of 5.5-7.5, making it a soil that is slightly acidic. Now, of course most people do not know the pH of their land, but it is something that is important to know and you should expect your Massachusetts landscaping company to test for when consulting on your garden.
Massachusetts landscaping companies will often use fertilizers
Cape Cod is known for fields of blooming wildflowers, weeds, and grasses. Blackberries grow wild, fields of yarrow flourish, and that beautiful Cape Cod grass traces circles in the sand. However, for most curated lawns and designed green spaces, they host an array of plants that are not native to New England. For this reason, any Massachusetts landscaping enterprise will need to turn to fertilizer to help the non-native plant-life flourish in your garden.
Sandy soil in your backyard: how about some herbs?
Got a super sandy soil in your garden? Consider a sweet little herb cluster, especially if you’re looking to revamp your home garden! Here are three herbs that love them some sandy soil.
Loves sandy, even rocky soils. It can handle soil and is very versatile. It is aromatic and just lovely to have around.
What a beautiful, hardy, and fragrant plant to add to your garden. Because sandy soil is generally acidic and because of the large particle size as we mentioned before, it drains well, which allows the plant to flourish and grow into an awesome shrub.
There are a few varieties of oregano, but most types love lots of sun like the other herbs so can be planted alongside with them.
We hope this gave you some fun and hopeful ideas for your outdoor spaces. Just remember, nourish and honor your soil, and your garden will love you for it. And if you’re looking for one of the most experience Massachusetts landscaping companies on Cape Cod to help you, remember that Maffei Landscaping is always happy to bring love and tending to your property. Contact us for a free quote! 508-392-5838.